Things To Do

30 awesome things to do in Calgary this July

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No shade to the other months, but July just might be our favourite. There are so many wicked things to do in Calgary in July (*cough* Stampede *cough*), the weather’s amazing, and we have an excuse for daily ice cream trips. Ahh, summer. We’ve rounded up a ton of events, activities, festivals, and concerts for ya! Get out there and enjoy the best month of the year, in our humble opinion.

Canada Day Long Weekend Party at CRAFT

Grab your buds and party with us from June 29th – July 1st (yup, all damn weekend): $9 All-Canadian beer flights, $10 CRAFT poutine, $6 Caesars, DJs Saturday and Sunday night, Beerfest on Sunday, & Brunch on Monday.

When: June 29- July 1st
Cost: Free to attend!

Deerfoot City’s Farmer’s Market

In Deerfoot City’s new outdoor Boulevard street, discover over 40 vendors with locally grown and made goods, plus prizes, samples and more!

When: Every Tuesday from 3:30pm – 7:00pm (until Sept. 24)
Cost: Free!

Mac ‘N’ Cheese Fest

You can bet your sweet bottom dollar that we will be soaking up as much mac ‘n’ cheese joy as we possibly can while we’re at this fest. Expect dishes ranging from mac served out of a Doritos bag to some with incredible BBQ on it. Shoutout to Calgary’s culinary scene!

When: Saturday, June 29 to Monday, July 1
Where: Olympic Plaza

Canada Day

Go Canada, it’s your birthday! From fireworks to great eats to tunes, we’re doing our maple leaf best to have an unreal time on July 1.

When: Monday, July 1
Where: Throughout the city

World-Famous Events At Spruce Meadows

Whether you’re a horse owner, a fan of all things equestrian, or just looking to make some memories, Spruce Meadows is the perfect place to kick back over the next month. Their North American tournament has the best show jumping athletes and horses from throughout the Americas. Plus, shopping, pony rides, face painting, and the RE/MAX Prairie Dogs will be there to keep the family fun rolling.

When: Wednesday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 7th
Where: Spruce Meadows– 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW

Bastid’s BBQ

Kick off Stampede the right way, by jamming to some unreal tunes! Karindal Offishall, Skratch Kastid, Shad, DJ Pump, and more are on the lineup. Plus, this thing is free as long as you RSVP!

When: Thursday, July 4 @ 5 PM
Where: Knoxvilles Calgary– 840 9th Ave SW

Mexifest

Something Mexcellent is coming to town. It’s got guac, it’s got salsa, and it’s got a whole lotta spice. We’re talkin’ two stages, a wrestling ring, and a whoooole lot more to offer.

When: Friday, July 5th – Sunday, July 7th
Where: Eau Claire Market Plaza

The Guild’s Stampede Menu

Ready to boot, scoot and boogie Calgary?! Two-step your way into The Guild and check out their daily Smoker Feature Menu! Not here for a long time, but a good time, The Guild is serving up something new each day from this bad boy. Make a pitstop on your way to the grounds and try it for yourself!

When: Friday, July 5 – Monday, July 15
Where: The Guild– 200 8 Ave SW

Bearspaw’s Newest Resto

New month, new eats! So what can you expect from this resto? Well, it’s Canadian with some global influences. Expect to see familiar dishes from a wood-fired oven, some ridiculously tasty brunch, and dessert to die for at Flores & Pine!

Where: 254028 Bearspaw Rd
When: Opening soon!

GMC Stampede Parties

GMC wants you to show them what you’ve got on their mechanical bull! Join them at various GMC locations throughout July for mechanical bull rides, live music and food trucks at their free, family-friendly events!

When:  Every day from Monday, July 8 – Saturday, July 13
Where: GMC locations throughout the city

Vegan Stampede BBQ

Not a meat lover? You can still do Stampede too, don’t worry! Dandelion’s Vegan Stampede BBQ is all about that shiny cowboy spirit without all the carnivore stuff.

When: Monday, July 8
Where: The Dandelion Cafe– 1048 8 St SE

RoundUp Music Fest

RoundUp’s gonna have a crazy lineup. Vancouver’s Doug and the Slugs is kicking things off with some upbeat tunes. Then things are gonna get punky with Kingston’s Headstones. Next, the music, fashion and art icons from Blondie will bless our ears. Finally, blonde badass Billy Idol is taking the stage. Pumped yet? ‘Cause we are.

Where: Shaw Millennium Park– 1220 9th Avenue SW
When: Wednesday, July 10
Cost: “Early Bird” $89; “Early Bird” COMBO $169; Roundup/Stomp COMBO $189; General Admission $99

Tim McGraw

A heart don’t forget somethin’ like a live Tim McGraw show, and what better time to get country than at this year’s Stampede?! Yes Calgary, the iconic black cowboy hat-rocking star will be hitting Calgary this month. Yee. Friggin’. Haw.

When: Sunday, July 14
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome

Fiestaval Latin Fest

We love a good time, and Fiestaval is definitely that! Come out for a massive outdoor marketplace, outdoor dance classes, food trucks, and more!

When: Friday, July 19– Sunday, July 21
Where: Olympic Plaza– 228 8th Avenue SE

Insane Midway food

Apparently, 2019 is the year of dill pickle taking over the flavour profile of things it never, ever should. You’ll be able to find Dill Pickle Pops and Pickle Ice Cream on the midway this year. If that is something you’re excited about, may God help you find your taste buds.

When: Friday, July 5- Sunday, July 14
Where:  1410 Olympic Way SE

Brand new beer garden

One of the greatest things about the Calgary Stampede is that the entire city celebrates. That’s precisely why you can find Stampede tents pretty damn far away from the grounds. Okay, Wildhorse Saloon and Tent is still downtown, but it’s still a hike from the Stampede grounds. Guess what makes that hike easier; a massive outdoor beer garden. You’ll be able to find us there approximately 3 out of 10 nights. *Note: This is a very, very rough estimate.

When: Friday, July 5- Sunday, July 14
Where: Wildhorse Tent– 500 6 Ave SW

Tiesto & Kaskade

Tiesto will be playing on Wednesday, July 10th. No, it’s not country music. Also, it may be very off theme. That being said, seeing one of EDM’s biggest stars of all time in an indoor/outdoor tent during the Calgary Stampede is impossible to pass up.

When: Wednesday, July 10
Where: Knoxville’s Tavern– 840 9 Ave SW

BBQ with Guy Fieri

Firstly, we don’t want you to go to this event. Why? Because we want to get Guy’s attention without you distracting him. You may be a Guy Fieri fan, but are you a big enough fan to get his signature tattooed on your skin? Probably not. We may not be either, but come Thursday, July 11th we’ll know for sure.

When: Thursday, July 11
Where: Cowboys Tent– Between 11th and 12th Ave SE

Bryan Adams at Oxford Stomp

Summer of ’69 is the soundtrack to every good Canadian’s life. Disagree? Then we’ve got a problem. All jokes seriousness aside, Oxford Stomp is a hell of a show. Don’t miss it!

When: Friday, July 12
Where: Shaw Millennium Park– 1220 9 Ave SW

Calgary’s first indoor skydiving spot

Want to feel the rush of jumping out of a plane? But without the literal jumping out of a plane part? You’re in the right place. Actually, you’re close to the right place because iFly Indoor Skydiving is opening this July at Deerfoot City. Get all the wind in your face with zero of the fear of accidental death or dismemberment!

Where: 901 64 Ave NE
When: Bookings start July 12
Cost: Starts at $59.95

Lil Nas X

We knew it was coming, you knew it was coming, and now it’s confirmed. Lil Nas X will be playing the 2019 Cowboys Music Festival! On Friday, July 12th you’ll be able to hear Old Town Road live and in concert! What else is he gonna play? We’ve got no clue. Are we going to be there? You bet your buckin’ horses we are. Yee-fricken-haw, Calgary.

When: Sunday, July 14
Where: Cowboys Tent– Between 11th and 12th Ave SE

New flicks on Netflix

Netflix has released their July lineup, which means that we get to present our favourites to you. Here it goes: Stranger Things 3. Okay, there’s also a lot more heaters on the list but you gotta read our article to see ’em.

When: Throughout July

Ghostbusters 3 Filming

Look, we all love creeping on celebs. Now’s your chance to meet your fave Stranger Things star and more, since Ghostbusters is starting filming here this month.

When: Production is set to begin on July 14
Where: Throughout the city

Summer Takeover at East Village

We all know the iconic St. Louis Hotel. Picture that, but with incredible artists and artisans, food trucks and DJs, and you’ve got the gist of the Summer Takeover. Sounds pretty fun right? Yeah, we thought so too.

When: Every weekend in July
Where: St. Louis Hotel– 430 8 Ave SE

Outdoor Movies

Ever since Danny and Sandy had that iconic drive-in movie date, we’ve wanted to recreate the scene. Gotta get that summer lovin’ in some time, right?! Luckily for us Calgarians, there’s a bunch of outdoor film events to pick from over the next month.

When: Throughout July
Where: Throughout the city

Backstreet Boys

Backstreet’s back, alright! No actually, they’re back and they’re bringing dance moves via achy, aged knees to Calgary. Don’t let the boys down, go relive your glory years with them.

When: Wednesday, July 24
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome

Folk Fest

If you didn’t know, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Calgary Folk Music Festival, and they have pulled out all the stops. Running four days at the end of July, the fest has over 70 artists on the lineup.

When: Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28
Where: Prince’s Island Park

Shakespeare By The Bow

What goes with a picnic and sunny afternoon in one of Calgary’s fave places? Shakespeare by the Bow! Soak up the scenery during Theatre Calgary’s annual outdoor production.

Where: Prince’s Island Park– 698 Eau Claire Ave SW
When: July 27 to August 18
Cost: Admission is pay-by-donation

Nick Cave: Feat. Exhibit

The newest exhibit to grace The Glenbow Museum, the Nick Cave: Feat. exhibit features the artist’s signature Soundsuits as well as sculpture, video and installation works. Nick Cave, often referred to as a “messenger” is interested in connecting people and ideas. Through Nick Cave’s brilliantly colourfully and politically charged art, he seeks to transform anger and despair into love, action, and possibility.

When: Runs throughout the month
Where: The Glenbow Museum
Cost: $11.00 – $18.00

Def Leppard

Pour Some Sugar On Me is forever our go-to stripper anthem. Is it weird that we have a go-to stripper anthem? Maybe. But we have no regrets and we’re definitely hitting this concert this month, you should too.

When: Wednesday, July 31
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome

You might not get summer vacation anymore (or maybe you do, lucky son-of-a-gun), but you do get to enjoy these things to do in Calgary this July. Wanna get some ice cream? Go tanning? Have a rootin’ tootin’ time on the D-floor? Perfect.

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